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Art & Art History
University of Mississippi

Art 323. Plein Air – Painting the Landscape

Students continue to hone their observational skills in the arena of landscape painting.  More advanced mixing techniques are employed as well as gestural applications that speed up the process of painting outdoors. Students continue to build a professional work ethic through working independently while learning to communicate effectively through the critique process.

The main objective of this course is to provide each student with the fundamental and working practices of painting. Students learn various painting applications focused on the landscape. Each student’s development is focused on a perceptual sensitivity coupled by the understanding of painterly expression. Through class critiques, lectures, and demonstrations each student is introduced to methods of critical thinking and creative problem solving associated with painting the landscape.

By the end of the semester, students will learn how to:

  • Utilize a wide range of paint mixing methods.
  • Gain a knowledge in color theory and atmospheric / aerial perspective.
  • Relate tactile change in various textural surfaces through paint application.
  • Develop painting speed through a concise and gestural process.
  • Work independently to establish a professional work ethic.
  • Constructively critique and effectively communicate their ideas to their peers associated with painting.

Plein Air with Philip Jackson, that was my first painting class I had with him. That is when I knew I wanted to work under his guidance. Even though the class dealt with painting landscapes, he still helped in training my eye to see things.”  – Sarah Browning

“Even if you had never painted before it is definitally a class that all art majors should take to see what it is like to be out in nature and try to capture that moment on paper.”